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Somatolactin mRNA expression during the parr–smolt transformation in hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon Salmo salar smolts

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Expression of somatolactin (SL) mRNA was quantified during smoltification at 2 week intervals during January and February and weekly during March, April and May 2004 in a line-bred ranching stock of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar. Gene expression of SL (and a splice variant termed SL180) was lower in fish sampled in the later weeks of smoltification than in those at the beginning, a pattern opposite to that of gill Na+ K+-ATPase activity.
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Keywords: alternatively spliced; anadromous fish; pituitary; salmonid; smoltification

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Marine Institute, Aquaculture and Catchment Management Services, Furnace, Newport, Co. Mayo, Ireland 2: National Diagnostics Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland 3: Zoology Department, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland

Publication date: 2008-08-01

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